UN chief Guterres appointed for second term

18 June 2021, 5:24 PM
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was appointed for a second-five year-term on Friday by the 193-member UN General Assembly.
Argentine lab makes first half million doses of Russian COVID-19 vaccine 19 June 2021, 3:45 AM

Argentine laboratory Richmond said on Friday that it had produced almost half a million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus, the first made in the country.

Biden, Harris urge vaccinations as US looks likely to miss July 4 target 19 June 2021, 12:35 AM

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday urged Americans to get COVID-19 shots, as the country looks likely to miss the White House's goals for vaccination next month as a new coronavirus variant triggered serious concerns.

United Nations calls for halt of weapons to Myanmar 18 June 2021, 11:07 PM

The United Nations General Assembly on Friday called for a stop to the flow of arms to Myanmar and urged the military to respect November election results and release political detainees, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Kremlin blames ‘nihilism’ as Moscow cases surge 18 June 2021, 9:30 PM

There are fears of a third wave of coronavirus in Moscow, after the Russian capital recorded more than 9 000 new infections.

Canada extends ban on non-essential travel with US until July 21 18 June 2021, 4:53 PM

Canada is extending a ban on non-essential travel with the United States until July 21 and will soon reveal how existing COVID-19 restrictions will be relaxed, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said on Friday.

AstraZeneca says EU loses legal bid for more vaccine supplies by end-June 18 June 2021, 4:40 PM

AstraZeneca said on Friday the European Union had lost a legal case against the pharmaceutical firm over the supply of COVID-19 vaccines, with a court in Brussels rejecting an EU request for more deliveries by the end of June.

Al Sharpton describes Myeni’s killing as another sensational racialisation of an innocent unarmed black man 18 June 2021, 5:30 AM

Veteran US Civil rights leader Al Sharpton has called the killing of Lindani Myeni another sensational racialisation and criminalisation of an innocent unarmed black man at the hands of police.

Global COVID-19 death toll exceeds 4 mln – Reuters tally 18 June 2021, 3:07 AM

Coronavirus-related deaths worldwide passed a grim milestone of 4 million on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, as many countries struggle to procure enough vaccines to inoculate their populations.

Biden to sign bill, creating holiday to commemorate end of slavery 17 June 2021, 7:17 PM

US President Joe Biden will later on Thursday sign legislation, creating a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the country.

Britain considers vaccine passports to restart international travel 17 June 2021, 10:00 AM

Britain says it’s looking at easing travel restrictions, including allowing those who had received two doses of the COVID-19 to enjoy a foreign holiday without intrusive red tape.

China disease expert says COVID-19 origins probe should shift to US 17 June 2021, 7:49 AM

A senior Chinese expert said the United States should be the priority in the next phase of investigations into the origin of COVID-19 after a study showed the disease could have been circulating there as early as December 2019, state media said on Thursday.

Myanmar village burned after fighting, residents blame security forces 17 June 2021, 3:30 AM

Security forces set ablaze a village in central Myanmar after clashing there with opponents of the ruling junta, leaving at least two elderly people burned to death, several village residents said on Wednesday.

US and Russian ambassadors to return to their posts after summit 16 June 2021, 9:51 PM

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed at a "pragmatic" first summit on Wednesday  to return ambassadors to each other's capitals after they were withdrawn earlier this year.

Indonesians rush uphill after 6.1 magnitude quake near Moluccas 16 June 2021, 3:31 PM

Hundreds of people near Indonesia's Moluccas islands rushed to higher ground on Wednesday after an earthquake of magnitude 6.1, fearing aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

Putin arrives in Geneva ahead of summit with Biden 16 June 2021, 1:21 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Geneva on Wednesday ahead of a summit with US President Joe Biden, Reuters TV footage showed, with the stage set for a tense first meeting between the two leaders since Biden took office in January.

Sydney records first local COVID-19 case in more than a month 16 June 2021, 8:51 AM

Australia's most populous city Sydney has recorded its first locally acquired case of COVID-19 in more than a month, stoking concerns of a fresh wave of infections on Wednesday.

UK ministers to be advised against mass vaccination for children – The Telegraph 16 June 2021, 3:59 AM

Ministers will be advised against the mass rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations to children below the age of 18 in the UK until scientists obtain more data on the risks, The Telegraph reported on Tuesday.

Wide disagreements, low expectations as Biden, Putin meet 16 June 2021, 3:11 AM

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin face off on Wednesday in their first meeting since Biden took office with wide disagreements likely and expectations low for any breakthroughs.

Israel-Gaza violence erupts for first time since end of last month’s fighting 16 June 2021, 1:22 AM

A Hamas radio station said an Israeli aircraft attacked a Palestinian training camp in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the first Israeli strike in the enclave since a ceasefire ended 11- days of cross-border fighting last month.

Slovenia declares end of COVID-19 state of emergency 15 June 2021, 6:05 PM

Slovenia will allow a state of emergency declared over the COVID-19 pandemic to expire on Tuesday after eight months, lifting most remaining restrictions, the Health Ministry said.

UK extends lockdown restrictions to July 15 June 2021, 9:39 AM

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed that the final stage of easing lockdown restrictions in the United Kingdom will be delayed until July 19, 2021.

EU, US sow seeds for climate cooperation, dodge coal’s end date 15 June 2021, 6:43 AM

The United States and European Union will pledge closer cooperation on fighting climate change at a summit on Tuesday, but will steer clear of setting a date to stop burning coal, according to a draft joint statement.

As death rate slows, US exceeds 600 000 COVID-19 fatalities 15 June 2021, 4:00 AM

The United States on Monday crossed the grim milestone of 600 000 COVID-19 deaths, according to a Reuters tally, as slowing vaccination rates threaten the Biden administration target of having 70% of US adults receive at least one shot and 160 million fully inoculated by July 4.

US bishops to discuss Communion rules that may rebuke Biden for abortion views 14 June 2021, 2:19 PM

United States Roman Catholic bishops are due this week to discuss whether politicians, including President Joe Biden, should receive Communion while supporting abortion and LGBTQ rights.

Spread in COVID-19 Delta variant forces Britain to delay laxing restrictions 14 June 2021, 6:52 AM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce today that the end of COVID-19 restrictions will be delayed following concern about the rapid rise of infections of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.

G7 nations agree to boost climate finance 14 June 2021, 4:00 AM

G7 leaders agreed on Sunday to raise their contributions to meet an overdue spending pledge of $100 billion a year by rich countries to help poorer countries cut carbon emissions and cope with global warming, but only two nations offered firm promises of more cash.

New Israeli government wins majority vote, ending Netanyahu tenure 13 June 2021, 8:40 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year run as Israel's prime minister ended on Sunday with parliament approving a new "government of change" led by nationalist Naftali Bennett.

President Ramaphosa urges G7 nations to plug COVID-19 funding gap 13 June 2021, 3:45 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the Group of Seven (G7) countries to help finance the World Health Organisation's programme to boost COVID-19 testing, diagnostics and vaccines, the Presidency said on Sunday.

China cautions G7: ‘small’ groups don’t rule the world 13 June 2021, 8:22 AM

China on Sunday pointedly cautioned Group of Seven leaders that the days when"small" groups of countries decided the fate of the world was long gone.

India cuts taxes on medicines and equipment to treat COVID-19 13 June 2021, 2:15 AM

India on Saturday cut taxes on medical equipment such as oxygen concentrators and drugs used to treat COVID-19 infections, after widespread criticism over healthcare costs during a devastating second wave of the virus in April and May.